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Tight knit Iceland too much for Great Britain +++ EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers +++ FIBA dropped a sweet promo for the World Cup +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer – Bronze Medal Match +++ Rudy gets iced, the internet rejoices +++ FIBA World Cup Preview – Group C +++ CSKA Moscow’s Kyle Hines and Sonny Weems take the ice bucket challenge +++ Tony Parker does ice bucket challenge but his friend can’t use a camera phone +++ Basketball World Cup of Beer: Semi Finals +++ EuroBasket 2015: Wins for Macedonia, Belgium, and Georgia +++
Aug
0

Tight knit Iceland too much for Great Britain

Great-Britain-Iceland
Great Britain had hope at half-time but in the end, they fell yet again. George Rowland was in the Copper. Here’s his take on what happened on a big night for Iceland.

In what was a crucial game for both team’s hopes of Eurobasket qualification Iceland prevailed 69-71 in a closely run affair at the Copper Box. With GB leading by ten at half time it was a second half collapse that cost them a win that would’ve rekindled any hopes of Eurobasket qualification, while Iceland’s victory all but guarantees them a spot in next summer’s tournament.

The game was ultimately decided by two aspects, Iceland’s rebounding on both ends of the court, and the effort on both ends of the floor of the Icelandic guards, specifically Jon Arnor Stefansson and Hordur Viljhalmsson against an inexperienced GB back court.

Beginning with the guard play; Devon van Oostrum demonstrated some flashes of his brilliance in the first half, with a slick behind the back assist in transition highlighting what was probably his best half of basketball this summer. But once again for van Oostrum it seemed like it was style over substance as he struggled as he was often the only ball-handler and playmaker on court. His 5 assists were matched by 5 turnovers along with a 0/6 shooting night, as the Icelandic defenders contently dared van Oostrum to shoot, and with their improved rebounding in the second half the transition opportunities died out and van Oostrum struggled.
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Aug
0

EuroBasket 2015: Round-up and Highlights from Wednesday’s qualifiers


Latvia remain undefeated while Iceland are on the brink of qualification. Here’s what happened in Wednesday’s EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers.

In case you need a re-cap on what the teams involved need to do to qualify, the seven group winners progress to EuroBasket 2015 along with the top six second-placed teams from the seven qualifying groups.

Iceland overcame a 10 point half-time deficit to beat Great Britain in the Copper Box. That win leaves them on 2-1 in Group A and odds-on to qualify for next year’s finals. We’ll have a full report from George Rowland later today.

In Group B wins for Israel over Montenegro (80-65) and Netherlands over Bulgaria (66-57) moved both sides to 3-1. Montenegro are third on 2-2.

Austria needed to work for their Group C win away to Luxembourg, eventually taking the honours 80-71, but they were rewarded well as Germany fell 88-76 at home to Poland. Those results leave Austria and Poland on 3-1 while Germany are third on 2-2.
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Aug
1

FIBA dropped a sweet promo for the World Cup


That right there is FIBA’s latest promo for the 2014 World Cup of Basketball. BiE arrives in Bilbao on Friday 29th. It can’t come soon enough.

Aug
0

Basketball World Cup of Beer – Bronze Medal Match

BWCB Opening Ceremony
We are down the the penultimate match-up of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer. 24 beers, one of teach of the nations in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, began in this tournament, 4 made it to the semi-finals. We’ll find out the gold medal winner on Friday but first, we find out which of the two unfortunate losers in the semis will take bronze.

Your bronze medal match-up is:
Old Harbor Kofresi Stout (Puerto Rico) vs Little Creatures Pale Ale (Australia)

And now, let the battle for bronze commence…
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Aug
0

Rudy gets iced, the internet rejoices


Rightly or wrongly, there are few European ballers who generate as much hatred as Rudy Fernandez. The Real Madrid and Spain star took the ALS ice bucket challenge, meaning he’s managed to do some good for charity and give something to all of those people who dislike them.

Aug
1

FIBA World Cup Preview – Group C


We’re going group by group with what you need to know to enjoy the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Today we’re looking at Group C.

The teams
Dominican Republic
Qualified: Fourth place at 2013 FIBA Americas, they return to the World Cup for the first time since 1978.

Finland
Qualified: ANGRY BIRDS. Ok not entirely but Rovio played a big role in helping the Finns secure the wild card for their first World Cup appearance.

New Zealand
Qualified: Second at 2013 FIBA Oceania championships. In Oceania, second is also known as ‘not Australia’ as it was once again a two-team tournament with both certain of their place in Spain.

Ukraine
Qualified: Finished 6th at EuroBasket 2013 with borscht-loving Pooh Jeter at point guard. This is their first appearance at the World Cup.

United States
Qualified: Gold medal winners at the 2012 summer Olympics. No Durant, no Love, no question the defending champions are still loaded.

Turkey
Qualified: Another wildcard, albeit not with the colourful background of Finland securing the same status. Turkey hosted the last World Cup where they took the silver medal.
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Aug
0

CSKA Moscow’s Kyle Hines and Sonny Weems take the ice bucket challenge

Admittedly this site is in slight danger of turning into ALS Ice Buckets in Europe but seeing as this is the first Euroleague connection to the challenge we’ve seen, we’ll allow it. Check out CSKA Moscow’s Kyle Hines and Sonny Weems taking the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Aug
0

Tony Parker does ice bucket challenge but his friend can’t use a camera phone


France and San Antonio Spurs star point guard Tony Parker did the ice bucket challenge for ALS. Unfortunately his friend needs to work on his camera phone etiquette. Dude, when filming you have got to turn your phone.

Aug
0

Basketball World Cup of Beer: Semi Finals

BWCB Opening Ceremony
We are down to the final four of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer. Two weeks ago, we had 24 beers, a beer for each of the nations in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Now we are down to the medal rounds. Here are your semi-final pairings:

Old Harbor Kofresi Stout (Puerto Rico) vs Admiral Benson (France)
Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA (USA) vs Little Creatures Pale Ale (Australia)

It’s time to find out who plays for gold and who battles for bronze…
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Aug
0

EuroBasket 2015: Wins for Macedonia, Belgium, and Georgia

It was a day of upsets in EuroBasket 2015′s second qualifying round. A few groups that looked like processions got turned upside down.

In case you need a re-cap on what the teams involved need to do to qualify, the seven group winners progress to EuroBasket 2015 along with the top six second-placed teams from the seven qualifying groups.

Mirza Teletovic had another big day for Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring 29 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 72-62 victory in Group A. That win keeps Bosnia on top at 2-0.

There was an offensive feast in Sofia but a bad day for the home team as Bulgaria fell 100-84 to Israel in Group B. The Netherlands pulled off a big upset 65-60 at Montenegro, with 18 points from Roeland Schaftenaar. That leaves the Netherlands, Montenegro, and Israel on 2-1.
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